List of ACT Sustainable Cities entrants for 2013

2020 Vision Imagining a Sustainable Canberra

The project is about young people imagining new sources of energy, different modes of transport, new approaches to food and different ways of thinking about our world.  Importantly, it is also about children and youth being optimistic about their future.  The 2020 Vision project includes three events.  In preparation, schools and colleges are invited to study one of 19 sustainability topics.  The aim is for students to develop a deep understanding of the topic that allows them to come up with their own proposals for local action to meet the target.

Able Organic Recycling

The family owned business; Able Organic Recycling (AOR) has been a leader in efficient resource recovery in Canberra since 2000. AOR was established as a result of several Government Departments within Canberra seeking best practice solutions to combat waste and achieve the ACT No Waste by 2010 commitment. Organic food recycling was viewed as a means to reduce the environmental and economic costs associated with sending organic waste to landfill.

Actew: Giving to our source of living

In 2012, an innovative education project took place in the ACT as the result of close collaboration between the Lanyon Cluster of Schools, the Southern ACT Catchment Group (SACTCG – a local environmental community group) and the Source Water Protection Program (SWPP) in ACTEW Water, the water utility for the ACT. Students learnt about the importance of the Territory’s drinking water sources, which depend on a healthy natural environment, and how they can be protected.


ACTEW Water Enlarged Cotter Dam Biodiversity Offset Implementation Program (ECD BOIP). The ECD Biodiversity offsets project is being implemented as a commitment ACTEW made for the construction of the ECD, it covers around 400 Ha which is an area roughly equivalent to the area impacted by the new dam and reservoir. The objective is to improve landscapes across Pierces Creek, parts of the Lower Cotter Catchment and lower sections of the Paddys River riparian zone. This is being achieved through undertaking a suite of works including weed and willow control, revegetation of native species and erosion control works. By the end of the initial program in 2015, the target areas should see habitat corridors increased, biodiversity improved and positives for water quality.

ACTSmart Business & Office Program – Cleaner’s initiative

The ACTSmart Business and Office recycling program was launched in 2009 with the goal of supporting businesses and offices across Canberra to effectively recycle waste in their workplace. Currently 650 individual sites in the ACT are working towards accreditation under the program and through a cross boarder agreement Queanbeyan City Council also has 23 businesses and offices committed to this program.  In early 2012 the ACTSmart Business & Office recycling program launched a successful training course for cleaners to educate them on correct recycling techniques.

ANU – Digital Sustainability Outreach

The ANU Sustainability Program (ANUgreen) has long sought to reach students and staff with a diverse range of sustainability messages. From fliers, fact sheets and pamphlets to our highly successful ‘back of the loo door’ poster campaign, we’ve used a variety of traditional media to encourage positive environmental behaviours, celebrate sustainability success stories and congratulate the ANU community for their role in our collective achievements.  As students increasingly utilise social media and online channels to connect with friends and share information, it was realised that by enhancing our digital offerings, we could reach students far more successfully (and with less paper) than ever before.

ANU – Lena Karmel Lodge

The ANU believes sustainable living should be at the forefront of the minds of the students residing at Lena Karmel Lodge. As student rent includes all utilities, no financial incentive exists to be resource efficient. A ‘first principles’ approach to sustainable design, together with a strategy for behaviour modification was adopted with resident awareness and water and energy use reduction identified as the priorities for the project.

ANU Environmental Management Plan 2009-2015

As Australia’s National University, the ANU has a statutory mandate to undertake world class research and study on subjects of national importance. The ANU aims to support all of its activities with high-quality infrastructure to establish a sustainable campus which demonstrates our commitment to the environment and reflects responsibility to future generations. We intend for university facilities to meet world’s best sustainability practice.  To achieve these goals, ANU is implementing its third-generation Environmental Management Plan (EMP).

ANU Rio+20 Project on Sustainable Development

There is a challenge for us, but one that we have so many tools to deal with. Right now the world is facing a set of human induced environmental crises including climate change, biodiversity loss and lack of access to safe water. There is currently enough food around the world to meet the needs of the world’s people. The problem for those who are starving is that the food is not distributed in a just and equitable fashion. The world’s farmers are not adequately connected to all the world’s people. However,at Rio+20 I saw that we, the people of the world, have the knowledge, the potential, the physical resources and the connections to address these sorts of issues. I say let’s make it happen.

Australian National University Green Precincts Project

The Australian National University (ANU) Green Precincts Project (GPP) advanced national sustainability priorities in a local research and higher education setting. The Education Precincts for the Future project, co-funded by ANU and the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities under the Green Precincts Fund, ran from 2009 to 2012 and achieved outcomes for community action, partnerships and culture.

Canberra Clean Energy SolarShare

SolarShare lets you have co-ownership in a community solar farm near you. This creates a connection to local energy, the environment and local community while letting our participants choose a sustainable investment with a financial return.

Canberra Indian Myna Action Group

The Canberra Indian Myna Action Group Inc – is a non-profit community-action group that aims to protect our native birds and mammals from the threat posed by the introduced Indian Myna in the Canberra region. The CIMAG trapping and euthanasia program – endorsed by the RSPCA and the ACT Government – has been successful.  The Canberra Ornithologists Group Garden Bird Survey (2012) has shown that the Indian Myna has dropped from the 3rd most common bird (in 2005?06) to the 14th most common bird in the ACT (2011-12).


Since its inception, Englobo has committed to the triple bottom line approach to its business and recognizes the potential and responsibility to express this approach through its projects.  The commitment to People, Place and Prosperity is an innovative environmental based principle, which encourages businesses to consider all decision making against not just the financial return but also on the natural environment and the community. The philosophy demands a critical review of decision-making and encourages a fresh approach to traditional solutions – fostering innovation and high quality outcomes.

Friends of the Aranda Bushland

The Friends have cared for the Aranda Bushland and later the Snow Gums Heritage site for twenty years. The area was overrun with hawthorn, briar rose, garden escapes and the poisonous weeds Patterson’s Curse and St. John’s Wort. It is also subject to gully erosion, with some areas waterlogged in wet years.

Hawker Primary School

The Hawker School P &C holds a very large and successful fete every year. The 2013 fete on Sunday 7th April 2013, was enjoyed by hundreds of people with fete takings on the day exceeding $30,000.The Hawker School’s P &C fete organising committee chose to have an Environmental Theme for this year’s fete. The committee actively sort assistance from ACT NOWaste and ACTSmart who provided support and advice on available services.

Jigsaw Housing

Jigsaw Housing consider all aspects of the design and building process to ensure a focus on sustainability and energy efficiency. Jigsaw were given the task of transforming a freezing cold Canberra home into a versatile, warm and inviting place with vibrant social spaces and great connection to the outdoors. The clients mission was to upgrade from a 2.5-star energy rating to a 7.5-star, as well as make the home’s floor plan work a lot harder.

MAG Construction + DNA Architects + Industrious Designs

This house rotates to follow the sun to maximize solar gain and energy efficiency. The house can automatically follow the sun in winter and turn its back to the sun in summer.

The Age: Efficient design follows sun in roundabout way

Domain: Revolutionary home moves with the times

McDonalds Gungahlin

At McDonald’s Gungahlin we have for the last year been ACTSmart Recycling accredited. In 2009 we completed an initial Audit, of our waste to landfill, since that initial Audit we have reduced the Waste to Landfill by 54.9%, we have increased the organic waste (from zero) and have delivered 17.12 tonnes in 2012 to Organic waste depot. We recycle 70.20 Tonnes of Cardboard, and 7.21 tonnes of mixed recycling. This is the first of McDonald’s Australia to be accredited in this way.

Move Out Recycling- ANU Student and Staff Committee

Move out Recycling (MOR) is a program that has been established by The Australian National University (ANU) student and staff members to address the problem of disposal of tons of unwanted student belongings. The aim of this initiative is to reduce and reuse and encourage student sustainability learning.   The ANU houses more than 3600 students at the campus accommodations.

The University of Canberra -Rethinking the culture of bottled water

The University of Canberra became Australia’s first bottled water free university in 2011.  Bottled water represents perhaps one of the most unnecessary uses of precious resources, especially in a country that is fortunate to have high quality tap water.  Bottled Water Free UC targets awareness of personal purchasing behaviour by focusing on input reduction as the first step to reducing the impact of personal consumption.

Weston Creek Children’s Centre

Over the last 12 months our child care service has been working towards developing a kitchen garden. Even our youngest children participate in caring for our vegetable garden, learning where our food comes from. The children enjoy planting, watering, weeding, and then selecting the fruits and vegetables for morning and afternoon tea.


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